Microsoft has done a great job with LINQ IMHO. However, there are times when it might be handy to create your own LINQ extension methods. LINQ extension methods can be applied to any type provided that the source is of type
IEnumerable<T>, so that's really the only requirement.
So how do we write an extension method. Well it's quite simple. Here are 2 that I’ve written for an
IEnumerable<string> - the first example takes a Predicate and the second one doesn't. This extension method will check whether a file name
string is a valid image file, but you can do it for whatever your pupose is.
The only other thing to note is the cryptic “
this” keyword used in the method signature. This means it's being applied to the current
IEnumerable<T> collection. Just always put it in your extension methods and you’ll be fine.
So how to use these extension methods, well providing your dealing with a
Enumerable<string> collection, you'll get the option coming up as an extension method.
And to actually use it, you could use a standard LINQ query something like: